CHAMPOLLION, Jean-François (1792-1832)--A sammelband of 4 works, comprising:
J.-F. CHAMPOLLION. Lettre à M. Dacier ... relative a l'alphabet des hiéroglyphes phonétiques. Paris: Firmin Didot père et fils, 1822. 8° (229 x 138mm). Half-title. 4 folding lithographic plates after Champollion, one by Bernard. (Variable light spotting, light offsetting on plates, 2 plates with short tears touching borders.) FIRST EDITION. Blackmer 306; De Ricci 'Essai de bibliographie de Champollion le jeune' 23; En français dans le texte 234.
J.-F. CHAMPOLLION. Lettres à M. le duc de Blacas d'Aulps ... relatives au Musée royal égyptien de Turin ... Première lettre. [-Seconde lettre]. Paris: Firmin Didot père et fils [part i] and Firmin Didot père et fils and Treuttel and Wurtz [part ii], 1824-1826. 8° (229 x 138mm). Half-titles, errata leaf at the end of part ii. Woodcut title-vignettes repeated as a tailpiece at the end of both texts. 16 lithographic plates, 13 folding, one hand-coloured, one bound before part i as a frontispiece, and one engraved folding plate by Bignant after Cailliand. (Some spotting and occasional browning, [?]lacking part i final [?blank] leaf.) FIRST EDITION OF BOTH PARTS. Brunet I, 1779; De Ricci 29-30.
Jacques-Joseph CHAMPOLLION-FIGEAC. Analyse d'un mémoire de M. C. Gazzera, relatif à un décret de patronage et de clientelle, et à quelques autres antiquités de la Sardaigne. Paris: Ambroise Firmin Didot, [s.a., c. 1830]. 8° (214 x 133mm). Folding lithographic plate. (Lightly spotted, small paper-flaw on final leaf.) Outer and lower edges uncut. FIRST SEPARATE EDITION.
J.-F. CHAMPOLLION--É[douard]. D[UMONT]. Nécrologie. Champollion le jeune. [Paris]: Firmin Didot frères, . 8° (220 x 138mm). (Light spotting and offsetting.) Outer and lower edges uncut. FIRST SEPARATE EDITION.
4 works bound in one volume. Contemporary French calf-backed, paper-tipped marbled boards, spine gilt in compartments and lettered in one, speckled edges (lightly rubbed, upper joint cracked, a few wormholes on spine, corners bumped causing small loss to one). Provenance: Charles Arthur Muses (1919-2000, blindstamp on flyleaf).
TWO RARE AND IMPORTANT FIRST EDITIONS BY JEAN-FRANçOIS CHAMPOLLION, bound with his brother's Analyse d'un mémoire and Dumont's Necrologie. Champollion's Lettre à M. Dacier is 'THE TURNING POINT IN THE DECIPHERMENT OF THE HEIROGLYPHS' (Blackmer), and announces Champollion's assignment of phonetic values to 12 heiroglyphs and his tentative association of 40 heiroglyphic signs with the phonetic sounds of 17 Greek letters. From these initial researches, Champollion was able to progress to a more comprehensive decipherment, thus making the texts of ancient Egypt accessible to his contemporaries and founding modern Egyptology. Lettres à M. le duc de Blacas d'Aulps was issued in two parts between 1824 and 1826 (although De Ricci notes that the third letter was never published), and includes J.-J. Champollion-Figeac's 'Notice chronologique des dynasties égyptiennes de Manéthon'. This copy contains the full complement of 17 plates, the final plate coloured by hand; both of these works by Champollion are rare at auction. Champollion-Figeac's Analyse d'un mémoire and Dumont's Necrologie are both offprints from the Bulletin universel des sciences, section VII, and are rarely found in this format.